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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 361 north of CulverSalem-News.com
(MADRAS, Ore.) - Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Saturday night two-vehicle fatal traffic crash north of Culver that resulted in the death of a Metolius-area man and serious injuries to ten others.
According to OSP Senior Trooper John Russo, on November 20, 2010 at approximately 7:10 p.m. a 2010 Toyota four-door driven by LINDA ROSS, age 61, from Metolius, was northbound on Highway 361 (SW Culver Highway) near milepost 8. At the intersection with SW Highland Lane, a 1997 Ford Expedition driven by ANDREA OROZCO, age 28, from Madras, westbound on SW Highway Lane failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with the northbound Toyota. The impact caused the Toyota to travel west where it came to rest off the highway. The Ford Expedition traveled northwest and overturned before coming to rest on its side.
OSP troopers from Bend and Madras offices, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and ambulances and EMS personnel from Jefferson County and Warm Springs responded to the crash scene.
Linda Ross was transported to Mt. View Hospital in Madras with serious injuries. Right front passenger Leonard Franklin Ross, age 73, from Metolius, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond where he died after arrival from his injuries.
Andrea Orozco and eight other vehicle occupants, two adults and six children, were transported to unidentified area hospitals with serious injuries. Three of the children were reportedly ejected from the vehicle. The two adults are identified as Filberta Burgos, age 38, and Carmen Burgos, age 30, both from Madras.
The investigation is continuing to determine safety restraint use and which children were ejected. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.
Andrea Orozco was driving with a suspended operator's license at the time of the crash.
No other information is being released at this time pending the ongoing investigation. ODOT assisted at the scene and the highway was closed about one hour.
News Release from: Oregon State Police
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